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Celeste Ascending

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In this splendid novel, Celeste finds herself engaged to Alex, a wealthy man whose standards are as exacting as her own -- or so she thought. As she begins to question their relationship and herself, Celeste is haunted by painful memories: of her past in well-heeled, blue-blooded Connecticut; of the friends and family who seem to have disappeared from her life; and of Nath...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published April 5th 2000)
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Mari Anne
Nicely written but ultimately annoying story of a whiny self-indulged so-called writer. This book was interesting to a point but ended up just being irritating. The story didn't seem to go anywhere much and the main character's life garnered more confusion than sympathy.
Heather Browning
I started off really liking this. I thought it was going to be typical fluffy chick-lit and was pleasantly surprised by the fact there was a bit of depth and darkness, dealing with loss, grief, mental illness, poverty, addiction and abuse. By the end though, I felt it was all a bit too much, too many little threads like this and none of them explored in any real depth. The split in narrative between past and present also became confusing after a while, with not enough time spent in either to be...more
Meri
Jan 21, 2008 Meri rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: glad-i-read
This is a novel that has "real life" written all over it, no pun intended. The characters are likely people you've met, and the city is one you're familiar with, and the issues aren't easily wrapped up, but then, life isn't either. Jones' language is lovely, and her tone is not only unique but inherently read-able. This is an excellent book.
Carlainya
Excellent. Great characters, who really develop and grow. The author cleverly adds a few bits over several chapters so that you really begin to understand them, and become emotionally interested in them. I like the way the novel developed.
Ruth
Kaylie Jones is a brillant storyteller! Celeste Ascending is an amazing and luminous story of love, loss, and courage that will leave you in awe.
Jill Moffett
Absolutely recommend this book to all. Beautifully written and I found the main character (Celeste) so relatable.
Ashley
One of my favorites!!! I've read it a few times, and it's always amazing.
Colleen
I really liked it, interesting life story.
Linda
Hooked from the first paragraph!
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Brodie
This book was really just Meh... I lost interest in the characters and the ending was more than just a little predictable you saw it coming from the first chapter. Very glad that I didn't spend more than a couple of dollars for this.
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Kaylie Jones is the author of the forthcoming memoir, LIES MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME.

Kaylie chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, which awards $10,000 annually to an unpublished first novel.
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